Why 2020 was the year of the home cook

Why 2020 was the year of the home cook

The 2020 lockdowns inspired many of us to channel our inner baker and get bread-making. Interestingly, sourdough and banana bread were the most-searched-for recipes on Google. Yet we weren’t just obsessed with baking. There was a huge rise in home cooking generally, as we all had to forego our mid-week takeaways and cook for ourselves.

Comforting family favourites made a comeback

So what were we serving up? Well, it’s perhaps not surprising that a lot of people turned to the family favourites they enjoyed as kids. Sunday roast became a regular thing again. And comfort food favourites like risotto, pasta and curry were being whipped up in home kitchens up and down the country.

Home cooking is good for you

Cooking for yourself is good for all sorts of reasons. It means you always know what’s gone into the food you’re eating. And there are health benefits, too. You can manage the fat, salt and sugar content, which isn’t always the case when you buy ready-meals or takeaways. So, it’s little wonder that around 7 in 10 Brits say they’ll be sticking to home cooking, even after the pandemic.

Make sure you’ve got good quality pans

Of course, the more you cook, the harder your pans have to work. But a lot of traditional pans aren’t built for daily, long-term cooking. They simply wear out and have to be replaced every 5 years or so. What’s great about the FlavorStone pan is that it’s built to last. The diamond-tough coating distributes heat more evenly, so you don’t get those annoying patches on your pan where food sticks. What’s more, the surface is so non-stick, you can cook without any oil at all.

Cook your curry and bake your naan in the same pan

Whatever you like to cook, whether it’s baking bread, or slow-cooking a delicious ragu to have over pasta, you can do it in your FlavorStone pan. Its clever square shape gives you a deeper pan to work with, and one that can switch seamlessly from

hob-top cooking to oven-baking. So, you could cook up a delicious curry, decant it into a serving dish, then wipe out your FlavorStone pan and use it to bake your naan breads – brilliant!

Find out why so many home cooks choose to use the FlavorStone pan here.